Thursday, April 11, 2013

New Mathematics Director Selected
Darshan Jain, who earned the 2010 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, has been named as the next director of the SHS Mathematics Division, Principal Troy Gobble announced this morning. Jain, 40, has taught at Stevenson since August 2004. He will succeed Christina Kelly, who had served as division manager this year following the promotion of Dr. Gwendolyn Zimmermann to assistant principal for teaching and learning.

Chess Players Compete at National Tournament
Stevenson finished sixth in the K-12 Under 1,600 division at the United States Chess Foundation SuperNationals V in Nashville, Tennessee last weekend. Sophomore Philip Engstrom was fifth individually in the same division. He was undefeated in seven rounds, with five wins and two draws. Engstrom was joined by senior Adele Padgett, junior Eric Monatelli and sophomore Liam Holzer. A fifth SHS chess player, senior Matt Yang, played in the K-12 Championship (all ratings) division.

Senior’s Play Among St. Louis Festival Finalists
A one-act play written by senior Amanda Ehrmann is one of the finalists in the high school division of the 2013 LaBute New Theater Festival, sponsored by the St. Louis Actors’ Studio. Her play, “Wordless,” will be featured in a reading during the premiere of the festival the weekend of July 5 at Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis.

2009 Alumnus Dies
Chelsea Caroll Hernandez, a 2009 Stevenson graduate, died Monday morning from an aortic aneurysm. She was 22. Her 33-week-old unborn son, Florentino, also died. Official obituary

While at Stevenson, Chelsea was involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group, serving as its president during her senior year. She also was a member of SAVE, Students Against Violations of the Environment.

The wake will be held from 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St., in Wauconda. There will be a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 316 W. Mill St., in Wauconda. Burial will be in Ascension Catholic Cemetery, 1920 Buckley Rd., in Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the family are requested.

Newspaper Profiles Student Innovators
This week’s Lincolnshire Review includes an article about the five-student team competing in the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge, which began Wednesday in Houston. Daniel Kofman, Nikolay Zaltsshteyn, Konnor Little, Dhruv Patel and Aditya Dantuluri — known collectively as Kofman Industries — comprise one of 20 high school teams from around the world chosen to compete in the contest. The top four teams will win $10,000 each.

Science Teachers Presenting in San Antonio
SHS science faculty members Christina Wood, Don Carmichael, Lisa Thoss, Jason Carlson and Director of Science Dr. Steve Wood are attending the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in San Antonio this week. This year’s conference is focused on the recently-released Next Generation Science Standards.

Today, Christina Wood will present “From Apps to Lessons: Using the iPad in the Science Classroom.” On Friday morning, Carmichael, Thoss and Carlson will present a session entitled “Using Formative Assessment Data to Improve Student Achievement.”

Looking for Your Vote
SHS alum Ashley Gorson (Class of 2008) is one of 12 finalists who are competing to design the promotional poster for Spring Awakening, a three-day electronic dance music festival that will be held at Soldier Field June 14-16. The winner will be chosen by public vote, and you can vote for her design by clicking here. To see all 12 finalists, click here. Voting once per day is allowed.

Looking for Your Vote II
Sydney May (Class of 2009) is competing in an online contest to win a spot in a “giving trip” that would provide shoes for children in other countries. The top 50 vote getters will travel with representatives from TOMS on a five- to seven-day “giving trip” during which shoes will be distributed to those in need. You can vote for Sydney until 2 a.m. Friday by clicking here.

In the listing of local school board winners on Wednesday, the Digest failed to include James Strezewski in Kildeer Countryside District 96.

No Digest Friday
The Daily Digest will not be published Friday.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson d. Libertyville, 25-10, 25-14: Brad Tiller had seven kills and three solo blocks to lead the Patriots (7-2, 3-0). Brett Lerner added five kills, while Jonah May had 21 assists, four kills and two aces. Brian Dubinsky made eight digs. Aaron Zalewski had three kills and a pair of solo blocks. – Daily Herald

Girls Badminton
Stevenson 15, Palatine 3: Emily Cai and Yein Lee posted straight-set wins at first and second singles, respectively, and teamed to win at No. 1 doubles in two sets. Other singles victors included Monica Chen (No. 3), Margaret Chen (No. 5), Vivian To (No. 8), Christina Li (No. 9), Katelyn Schroeder (No. 10), Sakthi Shanmugasundaram (No. 11) and Elizabeth Onishchenko (No. 12). Other winning doubles tandems included Chen/Chen (No. 2), Claire Zhang/To (No. 3), Neva Lui/Schroeder (No. 4), Li/Tracy Lai (No. 5) and Shanmugasundaram/Onishchenko (No. 6). – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo
Mundelein 7, Stevenson 5: Allison Travetto scored three goals and Brittany Gartenberg had two for the host Patriots (13-4), who saw their four-game winning streak snapped. Becky Callen made 13 saves. – Daily Herald | linescore

Boys Basketball Team to be Honored
Two area village boards are scheduled to honor the varsity boys basketball team for its second-place state finish. The team will be honored by the Buffalo Grove Village Board at its meeting on Monday. Pat Ambrose’s Patriots also will be honored by the Vernon Hills Village Board on a date to be announced.

Hockey Siblings Stick Together
Hockey sibling standouts Jared and Lindsay Projansky are featured in the Daily Herald today. Jared was the leading scorer on the boys’ team, while Lindsay was the goaltender for the state champion co-op Lake Forest girls’ team.


Don’t know whom to vote for when it comes to Mr. SHS? Check out the art panels in the Wood Commons, the Forum or the Glass Commons to see whom these 10 handsome and talented men are! Then text your vote Friday night at 7 p.m. in the PAC! The competition this year is fierce! Tickets are $5 at the Patriot Superstore or you can buy them at the door.

All juniors taking the PSAE exam: Please go to Room 6000 to complete your answer sheets.

Juniors and seniors! Check online for Prom information about ticket sales, table reservations and special meals. Tickets go on sale Monday, and are available until Monday, April 29. You will be able to purchase them online.

AP Microeconomics will have a review session Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 2115. Come practice some FRQs.

AP Macroeconomics review packets are available for pick up in Room 7080 or Room 2434.

AP Government packets are available in Room 7080. AP Government review sessions will be every Wednesday at 7 a.m. and during 8th period on the ILC steps.

The ninth annual Pat-Triathlon is just around the corner — Sunday, April 28. It’s free for Stevenson students, faculty and staff. The Pat-Triathlon consists of a 3-mile bike ride around campus, a 1-mile run on the Stadium track, and a 200-yard swim in the Patriot Aquatic Center. You can do all three events, or pair up with two others for a relay (one event per person). Click here to download the registration form. Turn in your completed form to Mr. Feigh or Ms. Mullins in the West Physical Welfare Office (Room 2108).


Club Israel will welcome guest speaker Marty Brounstein, author of the book, Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust, after school next Thursday, April 18 in the Recital Hall. The book is about a Catholic couple that saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II.

The next Breakfast with Books meeting is at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in Room 1313.


Which career is right for you? Register for an upcoming Career Exploration summer school course and explore careers in healthcare and medicine, business, law, STEM and visual arts. Students will be exposed to many different careers through a combination of field trips, classroom instruction and presentations from professionals.

Haven’t made plans for the summer yet? There are an abundance of career-related summer camps and courses available for high school students. Explore careers in architecture, healthcare, technology, business, forensics, science, engineering and more! Pick up information in the College/Career Center, visit the Career Exploration Website, or contact Diane Willock, Business Liaison, at for more details.

If you are interested in participating in a career shadow, applications are available in the CCC or through the Career Exploration web page ( Please contact Diane Willock at for more information.

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